Has the arrival of the cicadas got you down? Don’t despair. I have a mood changer for you…a new cafe just opened on Church Street for fans of fine crepes, coffee, and gelato.
Café La Crêpe, located in the old Gelato Giuliana spot, still serves the former owner’s brand of intensely flavorful gelato. What’s new is freshly made crepes, ranging from the hearty organic buckwheat “La Complete” with prosciutto, swiss cheese and egg…to the savory “La Poire” made with turkey, fresh pear, brie cheese and cranberries…to the sweet “Crelato” with gelato, strawberries, bananas and whipped cream. Both savory and sweet crepes are available gluten free.
The café also serves some of the smoothest, richest espresso drinks in Montclair, created with New Jersey’s own Benfatto Coffee. Café La Crêpe’s “affogato,” a scoop of vanilla gelato topped with a shot of espresso and laced with caramel, both satisfies and revs you up. They also serve sandwiches, and salads with a small baguette.
I was interested to learn that the co-owner and manager, Reda Taher, moved to our area from Montreal, a city that knows its crepes. On a recent family vacation to the lovely, historic, hip city, our crepe-loving daughter convinced us to lunch at a couple of outstanding creperies.
Of course, crepes are not new to Baristaville. Bonjour Montclair, at Watchung Plaza, has been serving up a wide variety of tasty crepes for years. And next month Le Petit Parisien, also on Church Street, plans to begin offering both savory and sweet crepes to customers.
Could it be that Montclair–also lovely, historic and hip–is fast becoming a crepe connoisseurs’ wonderland, worthy of the moniker: “Little Montreal”? Pourquois pas?
Café La Crêpe
49 Church Street
Closed Monday, Open Tuesday through Friday 10am-10pm, and Saturday and Sunday 8:30am-11pm